I am an American, period. That means I was born with certain unalienable rights that were endowed by my creator. I am sorry if Allah failed to endow his folks with the same blessings but I am not swayed or cowed by their blood lust or violence.

I am an American and I believe in freedom of speech. I believe in the freedom of speech no matter who may be offended, including myself. I find the comments of many people to be offensive and insulting. I also remember something that was posted on a very regular basis on a local TV station when I was growing up. It was put on the screen each time there was an editorial and it read as follows: I may not agree with a single word you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it- author unknown. I was about 10 years old when I finally asked my mother what that meant. She explained that in America we all had the freedom of speech- except of course we couldn’t shout fire in a crowded theater. She told me about the rights of individuals who hold different beliefs and unlike many other countries you would not be killed for it. My father explained about Gulags in Russia and prisons in Cuba for those who dared speak their minds.

In 1977 I watched the Ku Klux Klan march through the streets of Skokie, Illinois. Thousands turned out to scream obscenities at the few that were actually wearing bedsheets and pointy white hats that day. I thought what an amazing place that could have so many different points of view and that no matter what you thought no one could ever take that right away from you.

I remember growing up if you saw somebody doing or saying something stupid somebody else may chime in with ‘go ahead it’s a free country’. You know what? I haven’t heard anybody say that in a long time and I wonder why not? Is it because it just isn’t true anymore. I mean you can hardly turn on the news without hearing about someone being offended by something someone else said. It seems we are all walking on eggshells too afraid to say anything that might rub someone else wrong.

I am here to say I am no longer concerned with such sensitivities. I will speak my mind and I will be loud and proud. I have several copies of the United States Constitution and I am yet to find one copy that says anything about having the right to never be offended. So if I say something to piss you off? Well too bad- you’re gonna need to learn to live with it.

I was reminded of the old passage from the TV of my youth today while watching the coverage of the radical Islamic terrorism in Paris. That’s right terrorism! I’m not afraid to say that either unlike our President and most everyone these days living in a fog on the left. It was blood thirsty little pieces of crap- spawned from the repugnant womb of modern Islam that murdered a dozen innocents inside an office for a French satirical magazine. Screaming glory be to Allah while executing 10 staff members and two police officers the vile nature of modern Islam was on display for all to see once again. Why did they attack the magazine? Because the magazine routinely skewered just about anyone and everyone and had the courage to publish cartoons making fun of Mohammed. Well too damn bad.

Tens of thousands of Parisians are flooding the streets tonight carrying banners proclaiming they are not afraid. I agree for I am not afraid either. In fact I am emboldened. From it’s inception America has stood for something greater- freedom and liberty. We have freedom in America to say what we think and worship how we choose. I see a creep of tolerance lately when it comes to bullies shouting down those that have offended them. I see those who peddle the theme of victimhood here trying to push back against our freedoms. I say enough.

In the spirit of America let me say to hell with Mohammed and any of his followers if they think it proper to murder cartoonists or anyone else in the name of Allah. I am an American and I believe in freedom of expression and religion. If that offends you, too bad.

I am not afraid.

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